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Nephrology is a branch of internal medicine and pediatrics dealing with the study of the function and diseases of the kidney.
Shingles vaccine can help protect elderly patients with end-stage renal disease

Shingles vaccine can help protect elderly patients with end-stage renal disease

Elderly patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who received the shingles vaccine were half as likely to develop shingles compared to those who were not vaccinated. The new study from Kaiser Permanente, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, also found the best protection against shingles was achieved when patients received the vaccination shortly after beginning dialysis. [More]
Paying close attention to results of simple blood test can help predict risk of kidney failure, death

Paying close attention to results of simple blood test can help predict risk of kidney failure, death

Kidney disease in the United States is both common and under-diagnosed, but two new studies led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers suggest that paying close attention to results of a simple blood test can help predict the likelihood that patients are headed for kidney failure or death. [More]
CRISPR/Cas9 turns hPSCs into cell-based lab model system for polycystic kidney disease

CRISPR/Cas9 turns hPSCs into cell-based lab model system for polycystic kidney disease

CRISPR/Cas9 is hot. News of the revolutionary gene editing technique that is already shaking up bioscience has finally reached the news media and the public. Now comes a first rate example of how CRISPR is changing the pace of biomedical research by linking up with another cutting edge technology -- human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs). [More]
New article reveals link between poor kidney function, worse outcomes after heart surgery

New article reveals link between poor kidney function, worse outcomes after heart surgery

Poor kidney function prior to heart surgery can lead to worse outcomes, higher surgical costs, and a longer hospital stay, according to an article posted online today by The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
EKF biomarker identifies likely development  of Diabetic Nephropathy

EKF biomarker identifies likely development of Diabetic Nephropathy

EKF Diagnostics, the global in vitro diagnostics company, announces that new data has been presented in support of soluble Tumour Necrosis Factor Receptor 1 (sTNFR1) as a biomarker to predict progression of Diabetic Nephropathy (also referred to as Diabetic Kidney Disease). [More]
Bringing ill children from hospital to home can overwhelm family caregivers, affect children's recovery

Bringing ill children from hospital to home can overwhelm family caregivers, affect children's recovery

Bringing acutely ill children home from the hospital can overwhelm family caregivers and affect a child's recovery and long-term health, according to research in the journal Pediatrics. [More]
Mallinckrodt sells CMDS business to Guerbet for $270 million

Mallinckrodt sells CMDS business to Guerbet for $270 million

Mallinckrodt plc, a leading specialty biopharmaceutical company, announced today that it has closed the sale of its global contrast media and delivery systems (CMDS) business to Guerbet in a transaction valued at approximately $270 million. [More]
People with viral infections and identical gene mutations may be prone to hyperinflammatory disorder

People with viral infections and identical gene mutations may be prone to hyperinflammatory disorder

A group of people with fatal H1N1 flu died after their viral infections triggered a deadly hyperinflammatory disorder in susceptible individuals with gene mutations linked to the overactive immune response, according to a study in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. [More]
New research finds disparity in post-transplant survival between Native Americans and whites

New research finds disparity in post-transplant survival between Native Americans and whites

Native Americans have decreased access to kidney transplants and are more likely to die on the waiting list than whites according to new research presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 held November 3-8 in San Diego, CA. Researchers also found that while short-term outcomes after receiving a kidney transplant were similar, Native Americans had worse long-term survival outcomes compared to whites. [More]
Findings may lead researchers to create urine-producing kidney through regenerative medicine

Findings may lead researchers to create urine-producing kidney through regenerative medicine

Various research groups are collecting different types of cells and turning them into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells that can then generate diverse types of cells and tissues in the body. Now investigators have transplanted kidney tissue made from human iPS cells into a mouse kidney, and they found that the animal's blood vessels readily connect to the human tissue. [More]
Sickle cell disease treatment may help protect kidney function in patients

Sickle cell disease treatment may help protect kidney function in patients

A drug used to treat sickle cell disease may provide an added benefit of protecting patients' kidney function, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. [More]
Serum phosphorus levels can help predict risk of ESRD in African Americans with CKD

Serum phosphorus levels can help predict risk of ESRD in African Americans with CKD

An increase in serum phosphorus levels in African Americans with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with faster progression to kidney failure, known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD), according to new research presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3-8 in San Diego, CA. Previously confirmed in primarily Caucasian populations, the Indiana University School of Medicine study confirms serum phosphorus is linked to ESRD risk in African Americans. [More]
TTUHSC nephrologists to help find new treatment for lupus nephritis

TTUHSC nephrologists to help find new treatment for lupus nephritis

Nephrologists at Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso have been invited to participate in a national consortium that's investigating the key causes of lupus nephritis -- an autoimmune disease that can cause kidney failure. [More]
Diets rich in potassium may help prevent heart and kidney problems in patients with type 2 diabetes

Diets rich in potassium may help prevent heart and kidney problems in patients with type 2 diabetes

Diets rich in potassium may help protect the heart and kidney health of patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. [More]
Patients with kidney failure at increased risk of developing different types of cancer

Patients with kidney failure at increased risk of developing different types of cancer

For patients with kidney failure, poor kidney function and immunosuppressant medications may increase their risk of developing different types of cancer. The findings, which are published in a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, suggest the need for persistent cancer screening and prevention in these patients. [More]
Vanderbilt study could lead to development of new drugs that relieve pain without causing vascular effects

Vanderbilt study could lead to development of new drugs that relieve pain without causing vascular effects

It's been about a decade since the promise of COX-2 inhibitors -- drugs that relieve arthritis pain and inflammation without the gastrointestinal side effects of other painkillers -- was tempered by the realization that they could cause heart problems in some patients. [More]
Child care centers play pivotal role in physical activity levels of preschoolers

Child care centers play pivotal role in physical activity levels of preschoolers

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds child care centers play a pivotal role when it comes to the physical activity levels of preschoolers. Yet few children get to experience outdoor recess time as it is scheduled. Only 3 in 10 children had at least 60 minutes of a full child-care day outdoors for recess, as is recommended by guidelines. [More]
Advances in nanofilter technology may  lead to surgically implantable, artificial kidney

Advances in nanofilter technology may lead to surgically implantable, artificial kidney

Research that could lead to the development of a surgically implantable, artificial kidney, was presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3-8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. [More]
LEO Pharma enters into Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire Astellas’ global dermatology business

LEO Pharma enters into Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire Astellas’ global dermatology business

LEO Pharma A/S, a global healthcare company dedicated to helping people achieve healthy skin, and Japanese pharmaceutical company Astellas Pharma Inc. today announced that they have entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement under which Astellas will transfer its global dermatology business to LEO Pharma for € 675 million. [More]
Astellas enters into definitive agreement to acquire Ocata

Astellas enters into definitive agreement to acquire Ocata

Astellas Pharma Inc. and Ocata Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the research and development of new therapies in the field of regenerative medicine, primarily cell therapy addressing unmet medical needs in ophthalmology patients, announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement. [More]
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